Mayor of London visits Tottenham Café Connect

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Mayor of London visits Tottenham Café Connect

A community cafe in Tottenham has today joined a village hall in Clapton, and a fish and chip truck in East London to become the latest project to be given special funding from City Hall.

The Crowdfund London scheme aims to support projects and hubs which transform their part of the capital.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched this year’s funding round today at Tottenham Café Connect in Haringey, which has been transformed from a dilapidated bowling club into a thriving community hub. 

The cafe includes a place for a diverse community to meet, cook and share food grown in the garden.

There are also special projects for refugees to learn English and other skills. 

The Mayor of London also hopes to provide activities for young people in the area as a means of giving them focus and direction, and keeping them away from knife crime. 

Layla Laksari, who has been a lifelong resident of Tottenham - raising her three children in the London borough - is behind the success of the cafe. 

Laksari engaged the community and applied for funding under the Mayor's Crowndfunding London scheme (which is helped by civic crowdfunding platform Spacehive). 

The Mayor has hailed the rise of ‘people-powered regeneration’ and current communities who have an idea they think deserves funding from City Hall have until the 1st May to apply for up to £50,000. 

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